is compulsive eating
of food based on a person’s feelings rather
than based on physical hunger and nutritional needs. One does not have to be overweight to fall in this
thus common that emotional
eaters associate certain
food with at least one type of feeling of comfort, relief, joy, pleasure, and so on. To put it another way some types
of foods end up being used like
a drug or alcohol.
In overcoming emotional eating
there is a challenge of separating one’s emotions from food and seeing food for what it is: as a nutritional source for the body. Like
any habit forming and compulsive behavior emotional eating
can be overcome.
Emotional eating includes when
a person is happy he/she
feels a compulsion to eat; a compulsion to eat when
tired; a compulsion to eat in order to feel some
sense of pleasure; and so on. The obsessive
urge to eat is stimulated by emotions not by physical hunger
and nutritional needs.